Water sharing agreement

A Water Sharing Agreement developed mechanisms to monitor and equitably distribute water when it became available. Water supply forecasts and water rationing strategies for irrigation and non-irrigation users were formulated. The irrigation districts proposed a water-sharing arrangement to allow all licence holders to receive an equitable portion of whatever water would become available; stakeholders were able to reach consensus regarding how to equitably share the available water during a drought year. The Irrigation Branch of the Alberta government (within Alberta Agriculture and Food), along with the irrigation district, calculated for each farmer how many days of irrigation they were entitled to, taking into account factors such as the total area irrigated and the method of irrigation used.

Climate Related Risk


Form of Option

Institutions and governance, Laws and regulation

Country of Origin




The option exists in a real setting and was not created as part of the project.

Institution / Legal Reach

Change in policy, laws or regulation